The French government plans to ban a Turkish nationalist group after the defacement of an Armenian memorial as tensions between France and Turkey continue to rise.
On Sunday, a memorial to the Armenian genocide was defaced in the French city of Lyon, which has a large Armenian population. The monument commemorates Armenians who were killed in final years of the Ottoman Empire in what is now Turkey in the early 20th century. The vandals spray-painted “RTE,” which refers to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and “Gray Wolves” on the structure. The Gray Wolves are a Turkish ultranationalist group.